A couple months ago, I went to Soho in New York City and I had the privilege to work with the great and awesome photographer Sonsiree Martinez. She came up with this incredible project and I could tell you I was really thrilled since day one, so as per her suggestion and following her vision, I incarnated the so powerful and incomparable diva Maria Felix La Dona. María Felix is doubtlessly the most famous Mexican movie star till today’s date, who created an image of a tough woman who went beyond the traditional role of Latina women back then.
I was a little concerned on how I was going to personify this gorgeous and glamorous woman, since all she exudes in all of her pictures, besides her innate glamour, is power, strength, magnetism and some sort of a unique enigmatic allure. I feel women already have all of these qualities within them; it is just that we all have a unique way of expressing them and of course she had her own. Besides, I didn’t want to be a bad copycat of Maria Felix La Dona, so I decided to study her a little deeper to be able to connect with her energy and charisma and then introduce my own, so the project could be a total success.
I identify myself with Maria Felix La Dona a lot. As Sonsiree describes her, she was a very powerful and enigmatic woman who her uniqueness made her become the starlet we all know in today’s world. She rebelled to the women submission which till this day Hispanic society believes in. She loved Fashion and had a very peculiar sense of style and she also loved Jewelry. It is uncertain what really made her personality so strong. Some rumors say her brother’s death made her this way. I truly believe life is a continuous learning experience we all need in order to grow and improve as human beings, but it is very important to be able to canalize all the negative situations we go through, so we could learn from each one of them and move forward. To me, the key relies on not taking everything personal and not holding on to any good or bad situation. If we are able to see everything that happens to us just as a learning experience and that’s it, I believe we are automatically opening the doors to something much better and more challenging. At the end, our experiences and everything we learn and master will be the only things that will remain with us.
I would like for all of us to be able to express that María Felix we all have in us, by always being confident, strong, powerful and magnetic. We all have what it takes; it is just a matter of working on our inner beauty, our self esteem and also changing our mindset.
Behind the Scenes Maria Felix La Dona:
Now I will leave you with an article written by the talented photographer Sonsiree Martinez:
A Day with Dianie Collado
By: Sonsiree Martinez
I had the great opportunity to meet the enigmatic Dianie Collado through the Metaphysical classes we both go to every week. One day I approached her being that I already knew about her talent to transform creating a different look every week and sharing it with hundreds of people through her Blog: “Lakshmi in Trance”, and I said to her: “I would love to do a photoshoot of you”, and she accepted really happy. But we never put it into agenda.
This year I had the chance to create a project representing the legendary María Félix, but I needed the perfect woman that would have all the qualities that made “La Doña” immortal, and that is when “Dianie” immediately came to my mind. I contacted her right away and just like the first time she accepted really excited, and even more when I told her it was regarding a project about María Félix. We got together for the photoshoot in New York City and that was a day that I learned a lot about Dianie. A person with a very interesting life and part of that is reflected on her Blog. But I also saw another side of her which is her honesty, the confidence she reflects and without any doubt how she tells you very clear her perception of life.
Something that really caught my attention was that she doesn’t call herself a “Fashionista”, since she explained to me that a Fashionista follows trends and she instead creates styles. I learned that you have to be able to play with what you have in your closet creating art just like she does. Ahhhh!!!!! If you ask me if I had the chance to go into her closet? The answer is YES; it was very important to me to be able to understand and get to know her as an artist, and to also be able to connect with her magic watching her create her styles, and I must say that it is something extraordinary that would make someone’s hair stand on end.
And one more thing, soon we will share a documentary about Dianie’s life and you will have the chance to see behind the scenes where all the magic takes place!
Thanks again Dianie for sharing with us the art of creating Beauty!!!!